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HeadquartersCincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Key people
Ken Onderko (President)
ProductsIntegrated propulsion systems
Nacelle systems

Nexcelle is a joint venture between GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and Safran Nacelles – both of which are suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nexcelle has teamed with its parent companies to develop, produce and support integrated propulsion systems for jet engine applications on single-aisle jetliners and business aircraft.[1]

With its initial program win, Nexcelle is positioned as a key partner on the world’s first truly integrated propulsion system, the CFM International LEAP-1C engine on China’s COMAC C919 jetliner. The joint venture subsequently was selected to provide the nacelle and thrust reverser for GE’s Passport integrated propulsion system, which powers the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets.[2]


GE Aviation and Safran announced an agreement on a new nacelle joint venture on July 15, 2008 at the Farnborough Airshow in Farnborough, England.[3] Nexcelle was announced as the name of the new company on September 21, 2009.[4]

On June 14, 2009, the appointment of Steve Walters as Nexcelle president was announced at the Paris Air Show. Walters had worked in various engineering and leadership roles, with the majority of his career at GE – including two of his most recent roles as director of Business Operations for the CFM56 engine program and the airfoils business Quality and Compliance leader for GE Aviation.[5]

Also at the 2009 Paris Air Show, Nexcelle’s cooperative nacelle systems agreement with CFM International was detailed. This accord covers the development and production of integrated propulsion systems for potential new applications for CFM engines.[6]

Michel J. Abella was announced as the Director of Programs at Nexcelle on December 18, 2009.[7]

In December, 2009, Nexcelle became a partner on the world's first truly integrated propulsion system. The company was selected to provide a combined nacelle, thrust reverser and exhaust system for the new CFM International LEAP-1C engine selected as the sole western powerplant to launch China’s COMAC C919 jetliner. Nexcelle’s contribution to LEAP-1C on the C919 includes an innovative nacelle design that is produced with a significant percentage of composites, and which incorporates advanced acoustic treatment. It also is to be equipped with an Electrical Thrust Reverser Actuation System (ETRAS).[8]

The Nexcelle PANACHE thrust reverser demonstrator is deployed during testing at GE Aviation’s Peebles, Ohio facility. An anti-ingestion tunnel protects the CFM56-5C testbed engine against FOD (foreign object damage) during thrust reverse. (May 16, 2012)

In October 2010, GE selected Nexcelle to provide the nacelle and thrust reverser for the GE Passport 20 engine to be used on Bombardier’s new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets. The announcement was made at the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention.[9] At the Paris Air Show in June 2011, Nexcelle signed the purchase agreement for its supply of the GE Passport 20’s nacelle system to GE Aviation.[10]

Nexcelle’s presence at the 2011 Paris Air Show also included a functional half-scale model demonstrating key elements of the company’s integrated propulsion system concepts for jet engines on airliners.[11]

In January 2012, Nexcelle announced the appointment of Huntley Myrie as its new president – succeeding the company’s first president, Steve Walters, who moved on to become the product leader for GE Aviation’s nacelle and aerostructures activities.[12]

Nexcelle began full-scale testing of its nacelle demonstrator – called PANACHE (Pylon And Nacelle Advanced Configuration for High Efficiency) – in May 2012, marking a first validation of the thrust reverser element for the company’s Integrated Propulsion System technology. This activity occurred at GE Aviation’s Peebles Test Operation in Ohio, and it involved 200 cycles representing normal deployments, rejected take-off deployments and aborted landings.[13]

Michel Abella was appointed president of Nexcelle in August 2013. Ken Onderko took over the role in December 2016.[2]


  1. ^, Retrieved: February 26, 2010
  2. ^ a b, Retrieved: October 16, 2017
  3. ^ Flight International, "Safran and GE form nacelle joint venture," Published: July 7, 2008
  4. ^ Business Week, "Nexcelle, Middle River Aircraft Systems and Aircelle Company Formed Joint Venture to Develop Engine Nacelles," Published: July 7, 2008
  5. ^ Business Week, "Middle River Aircraft Systems/Aircelle Names Steve Walters as President," Published: July 7, 2008
  6. ^ Airframer, "New engine nacelle joint venture of Middle River Aircraft Systems and Aircelle signs cooperative agreement with CFM International," Published: July 18, 2009
  7. ^ Air Transport World, Published: December 24, 2009
  8. ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology, John Morris, "High Tech Nacelle for C919 Said To Be World First," Published: February 1, 2010
  9. ^ Flightglobal, "NBAA: Bombardier Globals get Nexcelle treatment," Published: October 21, 2010
  10. ^ Zacks Investment Research, "GE Gets Orders Worth $27B," Published: June 29, 2011
  11. ^ Bloomberg, "Nexcelle Unveils Next-Generation Integrated Propulsion System (IPS) Concepts for Jet Engines on Airliner," Published: June 16, 2011
  12. ^, Retrieved: January 25, 2012
  13. ^ Flightglobal, John Croft, "Nexcelle completes key C919 nacelle test," Published: June 22, 2012